Two Paris doctors have jusfc performed the curious surgical operation of changing a fat man into a lean'one. This operation, which goes By the appropriate name of degraiwg'e, was entirely successful, and the patient experimented upon, who was' formerly a lijiaii of uiiweildly proportions, is now dancing about m the best of spirits* and m clothes several times top large for him. M. Hirogenelle, thp fat man, is a medical student, residing m the Latin Quartier. M.' Hirogenelle decided that any treatment would be better than to be weighed down into his grave under his load of degenerate fat. In fact, he decided to undergo anything for the sake of relief, and so it was arranged that Dr Marx, who was to be aft listed by Dr Demarf, should proceed to cut away the superfluous fat. Accordingly some days ago, all being made ready, M. Hirogenelle was duty stretched upon his back, and chloroform administered. The doctors for the firsb operation chose the abdomen, where the accumulation of adipose matter had formed an enormous flabby fold. Two parallel cuts were made about 40 centimetres m length, and about 15 centimetres apart Then, the skin being laid back, the operators proceeded to excavate the mass of fat. This being successfully accomplished, the wounds were sewn up and dressed'; and the'patient, allowed to come to himself, declared that he had suffered nothing. His first words were, "I am hungry." The doctors propose to begin again at other parts of M. Hirogenelle's body, and will continue the process until, the degraissage is completed.
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Astounding Experiment., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890
Astounding Experiment. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890
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